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2019 Pablo & Ronald 'El Guindo' Cinsault

Itata Valley, Chile

This is a more light-on-its-feet look at Cinsault, loads of bright red and black berries but but retaining typical mature black fruits, cacao and menthol. Its medium-body and gentle tannins make it apt for a chill in the fridge. Again, the acid line speaks to the boys' palates and ability to coax as much freshness as possible out of their grapes while retaining balance and palate breadth.
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About the maker

Friends Pablo Solis and Ronald Vera were born into traditional farming and winemaking in Guarilihue, Itata. Their fathers saw the boom and then bust of the wine market.

The shamefully low price of grapes sees them still making and selling bulk wine, but the lack of a rural labour force and low price of bulk wine obliged their fathers to rely on glyphosate and chemical fertilisers. They work for their fathers, but have bravely embarked on the rebellious project of converting parcels back to organics and of bottling their own wines. They are the first generation in their respective families to put wine to bottle. These small batch wines, to which the boys each contribute grapes, are made naturally and traditionally. Both fathers are somewhere between highly skeptical, sometimes critical, and hopefully open. Using traditional techniques, intuition and naturally keen palates, they co-ferment their grapes to make wines of incredible poise, depth with a serious acid lines. The boys both contribute grapes to the Cinsault and Semillon, Ronald's portion is fully organic and Pablo's is in transition, meaning zero herbicides, and chemical fertilisers are currently at a minimum and will soon be completely eliminated. Pablo uses guano and cow manure.
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